. Grade 5, Illustrative icon

Banana Pudding

Illustrative MathematicsVaries

The purpose of this task is to provide students with a concrete situation they can model by dividing a whole number by a unit fraction. For students who are just beginning to think about the meaning of division by a unit fraction (or students who have never cooked), the teacher can bring in a 1/4 cup measuring cup so that students can act it out. If students can reason through parts (a) and (b) successfully, they will be well-situated to think about part (c) which could yield different solution methods. Students may need a great deal of practice seeing the connection between the visual representation and the more abstract equations.

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